Sunday, June 30, 2013

Vice President Biden Asks Ecuador’s President To Not Give NSA Leaker Edward Snowden’s Asylum

Ecuador Leader Says Biden Called Him About Snowden -- New York Times

QUITO, Ecuador — President Rafael Correa of Ecuador said Saturday that Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. had asked him in a telephone call not to grant asylum to Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former security contractor wanted in the United States.

Mr. Correa, speaking on his weekly television broadcast, said that the two had a “cordial” conversation on Friday initiated by Mr. Biden, but said he could not decide on Mr. Snowden’s request until he entered Ecuador.

The fallout from Mr. Snowden’s disclosures widened Saturday, as the German magazine Der Spiegel reported that the United States had eavesdropped on European Union offices in Washington, Brussels and at the United Nations in New York. Mr. Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor who revealed details about American surveillance programs, fled to Hong Kong last month and then left there in a bid to find a haven to escape charges of violating espionage laws in the United States. He arrived in Moscow last Sunday, where he has remained out of sight, apparently cloistered in a transit area of the airport there.

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My Comment: I know that President Obama labeled NSA leaker Edward Snowden as a young hacker. But to have the Vice President himself get personally involved on a diplomatic level to stop Eward Snowden tells me that they are very nervous on what will Edward Snowden be leaking next .... and more to the point .... they want him locked up before he leaks any more incriminating data.

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